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Coriander(Kothamalli) Thokku

Posted By Vardhini On April 24, 2012 @ 9:34 pm In Condiments,Gallery,Healthy Recipes,Indian,Quick & Easy,Under 30 minutes | 21 Comments

Coriander thokku it is for Day 3 of the blogging marathon. My initial plan was to make coriander thogayal to cover the letter ‘C’. But I thought that was too simple and finally opted to make this thokku. If anyone is wondering about the thogayal, no worries since I made it the following week and also took pictures. Sometimes these thokku and podis are a life saver during lunch. Thokku is a condiment similar to thogayal, but it is more on the thicker and drier side. It stores well for a couple of weeks since most of the moisture is gone due to sauteing.

You could use this as a side dish for chapatis or mix it with rice. It is easy to make, but it takes time to reduce down to the thick pickle consistency. I have adapted this recipe from Mallika Badrinath’s microwave cooking recipe book. I did not use the microwave, but used the stove top. Off to the recipe.

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Coriander Thokku | Cooks Joy

Fragrant rice made using the thokku.

Kothamalli Thokku Rice | Cooks Joy


  • 1 tsp oil + 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds (Vendhayam/Methi)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 bunch coriander leaves cleaned and stalks removed (1.5 cups tightly packed)
  • Medium lemon size tamarind
  • 10 – 12 red chillies
  • 3 – 4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp grated jaggery



Soak chillies and tamarind in a little water for an hour.


In a tsp of oil roast fenugreek seeds and mustard seeds. Allow to cool.


Take the roasted fenugreek and mustard seeds  in a spice grinder or blender.


Powder the spices. Keep aside.


Take the soaked chillies, tamarind and the coriander leaves in a blender.


Blend well.


Heat 2 tbsp of oil and add the paste to it. Saute for about 5 minutes.


Add the salt and jaggery and continue to saute until the mixture thickens and comes together.


See how it is thickening up and is coming together. It took around 12 minutes for me.


Add the prepared fenugreek + mustard powder.


Mix well and turn off the stove after a minute or so.

Kothamalli thokku mixed with rice.

Coriander Thokku Rice | Cooks Joy


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